Winter is coming… This means comfort food – lovely hot pies and everyone’s favourite – sausage rolls! Don’t use the paste they sell in supermarkets which masquerades as sausage meat. You need to buy it from a quality butcher as theirs seems to contain a lot less fat. These are definitely not going to get a heart tick but we don’t eat them that often and they are utterly scrumptious…
The secret is the grated apple – this makes the cooked meat more moist and does not affect the taste at all. Feel free to add in anything your fancy – finely chopped mushrooms or bacon or leeks – it all tastes wonderful…
1 kg of good quality sausage meat
1 egg, beaten
1 red onion, finely chopped
1 large zucchini, grated
1 large carrot, grated
1 large peeled apple, grated
1 cup of panko crumbs
½ cup of spicy red tomato sauce (or plain tomato sauce with some tabasco to taste)
½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Salt & pepper to taste
5 sheets frozen puff pastry
1 additional beaten egg for glazing
Sprinkling of paprika for garnish
Lay the puff pastry sheets out and cover with a cloth until thawed for use
Gently sauté the finely chopped onion in a little olive oil to soften
In a large bowl combine all the ingredients and mix well using your hands
Lay a sheet of pastry on a pastry mat and cut in half.
Take a generous amount sausage meat portion and place down the centre of pastry and forming a sausage.
Beat remaining egg and brush edges.
Roll up to enclose filling, and cut into 2 pieces.
Place on paper lined trays, seam side down. Brush with egg and lightly slash the top of the pastry Sprinkle with paprika if desired
Bake for 30 mins in an 180c fan-forced oven
Serve with tomato sauce
Bon Appetit! 🙂